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Orit Bashkin is a professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of Chicago, working on the intellectual, social and cultural history of the Arab world. She received her PhD from Princeton University (2005) with a thesis on Iraqi intellectual history.
She has written over forty book chapters and articles on Iraqi history, the history of Iraqi Jews, the Arab cultural revival movement (the nahda) in the late 19th century, and the connections between modern Arab history and Arabic literature.
Her books include Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel, Stanford University Press, 2017; New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq, Stanford University Press, 2012 and The Other Iraq – Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq, Stanford University Press, 2009.